Written by on January 17, 2017

Reviews are in following the conclusion of Rebel Salute 2017.

Taking place last weekend at Grizzly’s Plantation at Priory, St Ann, Jamaica, the 2 day event held its 24th staging.

Outstanding performances are said to have come from Dancehall artist Popcaan – who gave a mature, clean, professional performance that many were unaware he was capable of, and Marion Hall, formerly Lady Saw, whose gospel set is being called one of the strongest performances of Rebel Salute.

Day 1 was marred by timing and lineup difficulties as windy conditions tangled lighting and sound rigs, delaying the start of the show for almost 2 and a half hours.

The delay caused several acts to have their stage time cut, including Tarrus Riley and Anthony B – who exchanged heated words back stage over the running order. Riley ended up storming the stage during Fantan Mojah’s performance to do a few songs, then leaving the venue.

Day 2 also ran hours behind schedule, with performers including Warrior King, Iba Mahr, Chaka Demus and Pliers, and I Wayne. Popcaan didn’t finish his set until 9:30a, paving the way for Beenie Man to close the show at 10am.

MC’ed by dub poet Mutabaruka, strong sets are also said to have come from Wayne Wonder, Cocoa Tea, Junior Kelly, Leroy Sibbles, Derrick Morgan, and Third World.

Rebel Salute continues to suffer with complaints of too many artists on the line-up, but Rebel says a lot of people want see it as a value for money because they can see veterans and younger artists at the same festival.

Producer of the festival Tony Rebel is giving this year’s staging of the two-day reggae festival a pass rate of 85. Rebel said although he received ‘favorable reviews’, he rates himself very hard.

Calling his festival his contribution to nation building and the tourism product, Rebel says the ultimate goal is a week-long festival of all genres of Jamaican music and the full Jamaican experience.

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